Valdosta Daily Times

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September 12, 2013

County observes 9/11

VALDOSTA — At the 9/11 remembrance ceremony Wednesday morning, a small crowd of Lowndes citizens, commissioners and first responders gathered at the Lowndes County Courthouse to lay a wreath on the 9/11 memorial and to take a moment to pause, reflect and remember what happened in September, 12 years ago.

Lowndes County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bill Slaughter read off a familiar litany of numbers and times.

It was 8:46 a.m. that the first plane slammed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, 9:03 a.m. when the second one hit the South Tower. Just before 10 a.m., the South Tower collapsed, the North Tower collapsing 30 minutes later. By the end of the day, the number of deaths was just slightly less than 3,000, with the age range of the victims spanning from 2-years-old to 82-years-old, composed of 83 different nationalities.

Many of those deaths were first responders and Slaughter encouraged the crowd to not forget those men and women, neither those who perished, nor those who we depend on today.

“We gather here today to honor those who lost their lives ... and to honor those who run into dangerous places when others are running out,” said Slaughter. “These people are our first responders, our firemen, our law enforcement, emergency medical personnel and our 911 dispatchers. We take these people for granted on a day-to-day basis, but when needed, they never fail to respond.”

The impact of the planes sent a shockwave down the Twin Towers that rebounded back up and, in some ways, out across the country.

“9/11 changed the lives of many and changed how many see the world. And it may never be the same.”

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